In this uplifting guide packed with health tips, dietary recommendations, and inspirational affirmations, Dashama introduces her own brand of yoga for self-transformation. The book introduces Pranashama Yoga, developed by Dashama as a combination of arts that works with the physical and spiritual energy of the body. Pranashama Yoga draws on various styles of yoga (Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Kundalini, Anusara, and Power), martial arts (T’ai Chi, Qigong), and Thai yoga therapy.
Dashama includes clear explanations of the yoga philosophy underlying her program and shares her own journey to her present success as a leading yoga teacher. Tackling the problem of addiction and its impact on family and individual happiness, Dashama presents alternative visions of healing and mental peace through the time-tested, drug-free path of yoga. She concludes the book with useful exercises to help students on their own journeys to joyful living: self-assessment writing assignments, quizzes, and a four-stage diet and weight-loss program that incorporates yogic breathing and positive-thinking exercises. Illustrated throughout with black and white photographs, Journey to Joyful is designed for readers interested in yoga, natural food, weight loss, and positive thinking.
"Any time we talk about Yoga, we're talking about a practice interwoven with a personal journey. Dashama generously shares her story from the prison of pain to the jubilation of finding joy as a backdrop for understanding how the ancient practice of Yoga is relevant in the modern world for addressing the various issues of everyday life. Dashama writes with humor and, most importantly, with an infectious sense of joy."
—Felicia Marie Tomasko, editor in chief of LA YOGA Magazine and president of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine
“Dashama has the gift of inspiration. She is greatly inspired by the practice of yoga and her message will open your eyes to your true potential and leave you inspired too. Journey to Joyful is a wonderful book for all people interested in creating a life of health and happiness.”
—Baron Baptiste, author of Journey Into Power: How to Sculpt Your Ideal Body, Free your True Self and Transform your Life with Yoga
“Dashama is a rising star in the field of mind/body/spiritual health and personal development. She embodies a bright light and is an inspiration to everyone she meets. She has the unique ability to make complex and profound concepts very simple and approachable for everyone to learn, while keeping it light and fun.”
—Sirah Vettese, PhD, author of Spiritual Makeovers: 10 Practices for Falling in Love with Your Life
“Dashama is an exquisite example of beauty, love, integrity, professionalism, health, inquisitiveness, and yearning for learning that all future yoginis can strive for.”
—Mark Becker, yoga pioneer and CEO of NY Yoga Magazine and NewLife Magazine
"This book is a good intro to the benefits of yoga and yogic philosophy. Dashama writes about how to cultivate radiant health through nutrition, yoga and positive lifestyle habits, based on her own personal experiences. She also includes lots of pictures and descriptions of yoga poses!"
—Jenny Sansouci, Healthy Crush
"I have read a lot of books on yoga programs and ‘self-help,' and am pleased to say this book is one of the best I've encountered. ... [Dashama] describes ways to assess and change emotional habits that might keep people stuck, as well as eating habits, yoga philosophy and time management. This is a book about changing your life. ... I found it a thoroughly great and uplifting read."
—Alaina Zipp, New Consciousness Review
“[Journey To Joyful] shares the author's secrets of Pranshama Yoga and how it blends positive thinking and fun with yoga and approaches to overall nutrition and exercise. … An inspiration for any who would move beyond basic yoga practices.”
—Midwest Book Review